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The Noonday DemonBy Andrew Solomon

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Drawing upon a vast range of research studies, this eloquent and exhaustive examination of depression explores the disease through personal, medical, and cultural lenses.

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Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.

Andrew Solomon


Depression afflicts an alarmingly high number of people around the globe. Yet despite medical and technological breakthroughs, as well as decreased public stigma, depression is still often suffered in silence while remaining a mystery to those untouched by it.

Andrew Solomon is a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University and a contributor to both The New Yorker and The New York Times. In this book, Solomon weaves his personal experience with depression alongside scholarly research, professional opinion, and interviews with fellow sufferers from around the world. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Book Award, The Noonday Demon is a comprehensive account of depression that details the terror, complexity, nuance, and humanity of a disease that shows no discrimination.

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